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HISTORY    AND    HUMAN    RELATIONS

mistakes which ecclesiastical authority made in the
past in respect of this matter* We do not deplore the
anarchy and variety of ideas and systems, but ask only
that the sparks shall be kept flying—ask indeed that
there shall be more scepticism in both Christians and
non-Christians over much of the spacious realm of
thought—hoping that, if the non-Christian is not
converted, even he may be induced to greater elasticity
of mind* In particular our educational institutions
ought not to be quiet pools, where intellects shall
comfortably settle down, but a seething cauldron of
ideas, a fair arena for the clash and collision of intellectual
systems.                                                ,

It is in this kind of a world—& world where Chris-
tianity as in New Testament times stands on its merits
against a more or less neutral or pagan background—
that we must consider the attitude of the Christian to
history as a branch of scholarship. We will take
account of the whole question of the scientific method
as such, and also of the peculiar features of history as a
human study. Then it will be relevant to consider the
question of the possibility of a Christian interpretation
of the past.

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Over a considerable part of its area history may fee
conceived to be a science in the sense that it studies
very concrete and tangible things, such as can be tested
and attested by a definite kind of evidence. Further-

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